This Wednesday, Muni Diaries Reunion Show/Open Mic!

Mark your calendars, clear away all the other appointments, because this Wednesday is our first reunion show/open mic at the Elbo Room! Your favorite past performers will be back on stage telling Muni stories that they didn’t get to share the first time around. And you too can get up on stage and win $50 by telling your own story!

Our special guest is the one and only Anna Conda, who will read the winning Muni review on Google Places! If you haven’t written your wittiest review, you better start right now.

Remember Vero Majano, who brought the house down with a story about being one of the kids in the back of the bus? Remember Joyce Lee and her story about riding Muni with her perfectly coiffed mom? You’ll see Vero, Joyce, and many other Muni Diaries Live favorites this Wednesday night.

Remember: this time we’re having our show at the Elbo Room. Doors 6:30 p.m, show 7 p.m.. We’ll see you there!

Muni Diaries Reunion Show/Open Mic!

Photo by ChipMonkey

Muni Diaries is hosting our very first Reunion/Open Mic show on Wednesday, Sept. 28! Come see your favorite performers from past Muni Diaries Live shows tell stories that ended up on the cutting room floor. Or sign up at the show to tell a Muni story and win a $50 cash prize. Admission is only $5 at the Elbo Room, and you get a FREE DRINK with your admission. You’re practically making money off of us, right?

Want one more reason why you should come to the first Muni Diaries Reunion/Open Mic show? For this show, we’re having a contest on the Muni Google Places page, where you are invited to write your most entertaining review of a Muni line. Use the hashtag #munidiaries to let us know that you want in. The best review wins $100 to Hog and Rocks courtesy of Google Places, and the one and only Anna Conda will read the winning review on stage at the show!

So save the date on your calendar, and see you at the Muni Diaries Reunion/Open Mic!

Muni Diaries Reunion/Open Mic Show
Wednesday Sept. 28. Signup starts at 6:30 p.m., show 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St. (between 17th and 18th Street). J, 12, 14, 22, 33, 49, BART

See recaps and videos of past Muni Diaries Live performances.

Joyce Lee’s Mom Takes on Muni

Poet and artist Joyce Lee is a force to reckon with, and if you have ever seen her perform (at the amazing monthly Tourettes Without Regrets in Oakland, for example), you know I’m right. But did you know Joyce’s mother is also an incredible force on her own? At the last Muni Diaries Live, Joyce talked about one memorable Muni ride with her impeccably dressed mother and a bunch of kids who didn’t know who they were dealing with.

I first saw Joyce at the Tourettes Without Regrets’ 10th anniversary show, where she knocked my socks off with her poem, “Crazy:”

“I’m only as crazy as my love is. And my love checks your Facebook every fucking day.”

Joyce has an upcoming poetry CD/DVD, her first professionally produced CD/DVD. She’s also got a Kickstarter page to help get the CD/DVD produced, so check it out if you liked what you heard!

Want more Muni Diaries Live? Check out our Muni Diaries Live event recap page and relive shows you might have missed!

Kirk Read on Muni: Humanity and Criminality

You probably have heard of Mr. Kirk Read, cohost the open mics Smack Dab and Kvetsh, and an amazing storyteller himself. Here Kirk tells a story that happened on the 14-Mission at Muni Diaries Live 5.

I missed my preferred mode of Muni transportation, which I think it’s the only dignified way to ride Muni: the underground. Riding above ground you’re just open to all manners of humanity and criminality and indecency, really. I missed that, so I was left with a double bus on Mission — the 14. Exactly. So I step into my carriage…I went to the back of the bus because that’s where the most interesting people are. So that’s where I sit, in solidarity with the interesting people.

On this night there was nobody in the back of the bus, so I sit down. Then I hear this rustling and I look down, and there is this little pile of fabric squirming on the floor. What is going on?! It took a minute and I realize it’s this little woman who was rubbing against everything, all up on the windows. It’s like when you’re on ecstasy and you really let yourself go. She’s not touching me because she has some manners. But she’s like touching the air, and I’m fascinated, and I’m just like, YES! I’m just gonna sit here and behold.

Watch the video to find out what happened in the rest of Kirk’s story.

Got a story of humanity, criminality, or indecency on the bus? You know where to send it.

Jesse, Rosie Perez, and Ron Weasley on a 38-Geary to the Farallons

We found Jesse at Muni Diaries Live: Breaking It Down in April 2010. He obliterated the audience storytelling portion of that night with his story of the Misfired Projectile in Tiffany’s Airspace. We stayed on the case, and got this unassuming, yet totally charm-your-pants-off young man back up on stage for his deserved full set.

At last month’s Muni Diaries Live, Jesse shared the story of withering away of innocence when it comes to riding Muni:

I grew up and went to high school in Southern California. I did what everybody else did — I drove a car … I graduated high school and I fled, like crazy. I went to San Francisco State. I didn’t even look at the school — I just knew it was in San Francisco and gay people live there!

And I encountered Muni. I encountered buses, and trains, and trains that did buslike things, and stairs, and all that craziness. I was flabbergasted, to say the least. Riding Muni was like riding a unicorn. It was like, “What??!? I get a transfer? This is so great! $1?” I’m dating myself.

I was that guy on Muni who was so in love with the experience that I was talking to people. I was like, “Oh my god, you shopped today? So did I!”

Watch the video above to hear the rest of Jesse’s gripping tale.

Previously: MissionMission’s Ariel Tells All: First Kiss, on Muni

MissionMission’s Ariel Tells All: First Kiss, on Muni

When Ariel Dovas casually mentioned that he had a Muni story he might like to tell on stage, I was already excited enough to have almost spilled my drink. But he followed it up by asking, “Well, is it ok if the story is kind of personal? Like, the bad kind of personal? The kind that really goes deep into that awful awkwardness about being a teenager?”

Ariel, you have no idea.

In this video, Ariel opens Muni Diaries Live’s third anniversary show with his very personal and very awesome story that happened his freshman year in high school.

“I never had a girlfriend before; I never kissed a girl before, but somehow I found out that this really pretty girl, this really cool girl who was a flutist, liked me. Like, like me liked me. I was just overwhelmed but somehow we ended up going out…I mean, going together. It wasn’t “going out” yet. I didn’t really know what to do. I mean, I’d never had a girlfriend before. But I knew some of the first steps that I had to do. So I got rid of all my friends, and spent all my lunches with her; I didn’t talk to anybody else, we held hands, and said I love you a lot. And I was like, this is a lot easier than I thought!”

Oh, but teenage love is never that easy. Watch the video for the rest of Ariel’s story.

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